The first ever pole position record was establish on a historic day for the Motorland circuit today, with Casey Stoner clocking a 1'48.942 to overcome the challenge of Dani Pedrosa. As was to be expected the lap times dropped significantly this ...
The first ever pole position record was establish on a historic day for the Motorland circuit today, with Casey Stoner clocking a 1'48.942 to overcome the challenge of Dani Pedrosa. As was to be expected the lap times dropped significantly this afternoon with the majorioty of riders taking over a second off their best times but nobody able to match Stoner and Pedrosa other than Jorge Lorenzo, who sits between them on the front row.
Paginas Amarillas Aspar rider Hector Barbera is ready to make his debut at this circuit after four positive practice sessions. He made a superb start to life here yesterday and made futher progress today, despite making some suspension modifications that didn't have the desired result this morning. By the fifth lap of the afternoon session he broke into the 1'50s but his main focus was to set a consistent rhythm in the mid-1'51s, which he hopes to maintain over 23 laps tomorrow. Hector's final flying effort, a 1'50.323, was almost good enough for a third row start but he was nudged out from ninth to tenth in the final seconds.
10th Hector Barbera 1.50.323 (20 laps):
"The best thing about today was some changes we made to the bike in the afternoon, which turned out great. As soon as we went out I set a good lap and we were able to maintain our pace. To be honest with the way the weekend was going I was hoping to qualify higher up the grid but tenth place is still good. Regardless of the grid positions I think we have a good pace, which I am able to set relatively easily, and that gives us plenty of motivation for tomorrow. We still have to decide what tyres to use tomorrow but we'll use the warm-up for that. We have a soft option that I can set good times on but it only lasts eight laps so we'll probably go for the hard."
-source: team aspar